The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Biology Education program at Mount Aloysius consists of liberal arts course requirements required for all Mount Aloysius students, major courses, and education courses totaling 129-133 semester hours which can be completed in four years. Academic content area courses and required electives are clearly documented. Upon successful completion of coursework and requirements for the teacher certification process, the student is eligible for recommendation to the State for Instructional Level I certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Biology education students take the same science courses as other Biology baccalaureate students at Mount Aloysius College. The biology education program is designed to be completed in four years.
The Biology Education Program ensures that all necessary pedagogical and learning methods are taught in twelve (12) credit hours of professional education/psychology courses and eighteen (18) credit hours of secondary education methods courses. This program builds on the existing major in Biology. The additional requirements for Secondary Biology Education Certification fulfill state requirements for secondary programs. The students are required to take thirty (30) credits in the education sequence, and an additional math course.
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ADMISSION
All students interested in teacher certification will enter into their desired major program (Biology, General Science, English or History/Political Science) until all requirements for admission into the education department have been met. The following requirements for academic preparation and performance must be successfully met prior to admission into a certification program.
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
ADMISSION TO STUDENT TEACHING
STUDENT TEACHING ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
DEGREE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE PRAXIS EXAMS
The Education Department requires all students enrolled in a certification program to develop and maintain a sound professional record. Students applying to the Education Department must submit a Pennsylvania State Police "Request for Criminal Record" and the "Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance" for review.
Copies of these reports will be kept on file in the department. If individuals have offenses on the report, they may not be allowed to participate in practicum experiences or student teaching depending upon the policy of the public school district with which the College has a working relation and to which they are assigned. This will mean they may not be able to complete a certification program and be recommended by the department's certification officer for certification. If offenses show on these reports, students should see their Education department advisor to discuss their situation and possibly consider other career options.
TRANSFER STUDENTS ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All transfer students interested in Secondary Education certification are subject to all current requirements for entrance to, retention in, and completion of the Secondary Education certification program including the GPA requirements.
Because of the nature of our certification programs, many education credits completed elsewhere will not be transferable. The transfer of education credits will be evaluated individually to be sure they meet the standards as addressed in the education coursework at Mount Aloysius College. The transfer of field experiences will be evaluated individually.
STUDENT ADMISSION WITH COMPLETED BACHELOR DEGREES
Students who desire Secondary Education certification and who already have a bachelor's degree will be admitted into the program after having completed one semester of course work, demonstrating through transfer or Mount Aloysius coursework successful completion of college level mathematics and communications courses. Applicant must pass the PRAXIS Core Battery tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Transfer students with bachelor degrees must complete all coursework as specified in the program.